(AFP) – Feb 29, 2012
NEW YORK — Around 200 Occupy Wall Street activists and sympathizers marched through New York on Wednesday as part of a national effort aimed at reviving the anti-capitalism movement which has foundered over winter.
The demonstrators, watched closely by police, first headed to the world headquarters of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and then planned to go to offices of Bank of America, while fellow activists assembled in 70 US cities.
"We don't want big companies to run our democracy," said activist Michael Levitin.
Fellow protester Yoni Miller, 18, who has been involved in Occupy Wall Street since it started last September, said it was "inevitable," that the movement would rise again in the run-up to a US general election in November.
And another young protester, Leah Fedder, added: "I don't think you can kill a movement that is so desperately needed. It is a dying system. It has to change."
According to Occupy Wall Street, other protests to take place on Wednesday would include the cities of Atlanta, Austin, Pittsburgh, Portland and Washington DC, and in the state of California.
On Tuesday evening, 200 people gathered in New York to show solidarity with the Occupy movement and a dozen people were briefly detained at Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street came into life in September last year.
After a strong start, focused on concern about rising income inequality in the United States, Occupy Wall Street has been criticized for a lack of a clear list of demands and internal bickering.
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